May 22, 2012
Great things expected of the Ford C-Max hybrid 0
The Ford C-Max hybrid is expected to become a serious rival to the Toyota Prius. Ford know that the hybrid in America is growing more than anywhere else in current times. There could be no better time for them to unleash the amazing Ford C-Max Hybrid.
At the moment the Toyota Prius is the dominant car within the hybrid market across the Atlantic. Ford will be hoping to change that statistic. They have brought plenty to the table, with Toyota sure to be standing up and taking notice.
The new Ford C-Max hybrid will be available later this year for a price of $26,000 (£16,439).That’s $500 less than the Toyota Prius, which is a good starting point.
No official economy statistics from Ford
Unfortunately we are unable to compare economical statistics as Ford have not released them as of yet. When they are, that is what all comparisons will come down to. Previous comments from Ford confirmed that the car will perform better than the Ford Fusion Hybrid. The Toyota Prius is able to achieve 42 MPG combined. Ford’s figure is sure to be very close.
The car will combine a four cylinder petrol 2.0 litre engine along with a lithium ion battery.
Development over the last few years
Ford has been developing the car over the last few years, which is understandable considering that hybrid technology is fairly new.
Regenerative braking is included within the Ford C-Max Hybrid, enhancing it’s economical benefits. This feature is said to recapture 95 per cent of braking energy.
The Ford C-Max Hybrid will not be a brand new vehicle in all respects. The design will be influenced from other Ford C-Max models. 156,000 petrol versions have been sold across the European region since it’s launch in 2010. It’s safe to say that there will many tweaks here and there in order to ensure that the car adapts to American car market. Both are very different and have a set of motorists which contain opposite tastes in many respects.
The new Ford C-Max will contain a great deal of new technology. This includes active park assist, SmartGauge with EcoGuide, hands free liftgate and much more.
Will the Ford C-Max knock the Toyota Prius off the top spot? It will take a few years for the car to build a reputation given the tremendous success of the Prius.